A Colorado judge sentenced a truck driver on Monday, Dec. 13, to 110 years in jail for a severe crash that took the lives of four people.
Rogel Aguilera-Mederos, 26, murdered four people when his 18-wheeler collided with dozens of other vehicles on a Colorado highway on Apr. 25, 2019.
Aguilera-Mederos, a Cuban immigrant, said his brakes had failed before the crash. In October, he was found guilty on 42 charges, including vehicular murder and first-degree assault. He was also convicted of careless driving, irresponsible driving, and assaulting vehicles on several counts.
Investigators said that Aguilera-Mederos was going 85 mph on a stretch of interstate where commercial trucks are only allowed to go 45 mph, as Fox 13 reported.
According to the jury, Aguilera-Mederos allegedly crashed I-70 in Lakewood, then hit other cars on the road.
The collision caused a massive fireball, which destroyed multiple vehicles and resulted in the deaths of four persons and the hospitalization of six more.
Aguilera-Mederos’ truck also collided with about a dozen other cars and four semi-trailers parked on the highway.
“I’m begging for forgiveness from everyone,” he said to Judge Bruce Jones and the relatives of those he had killed at the Jefferson County courthouse.
“This was a terrible accident, I know. I take the responsibility, but it wasn’t intentional.” Aguilera-Mederos added, according to the New York Post.
He went on to say that he was “working for the American dream.”
“I was not out robbing a bank or a store. I was not out shooting up crowds or a school. I was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol … I was working for a better future for my family,” Aguilera-Mederos claimed.
According to the judge, Aguilera-Mederos had no intention of harming anyone, but he “made a series of terrible decisions, reckless decisions.”
The dead victims are Doyle Harrison, 61, William Bailey, 67, Miguel Angel Lamas Arrellano, 24, and Stanley Politano, 69. They are all Colorado residents.